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Chapter Pretests


Please read each question and select your answer from the choices provided. You must complete all of the questions in order to view your results. At the end of each exam, you have the option to e-mail your results to your instructor.


1:  What does egress mean?
A: A way in; the opposite of exit
B: To fall back and regroup
C: A way to exit or escape
D: To change location vertically

2:  What are the steps of a ladder called?
A: The pawls
B: The trusses
C: The rungs
D: The beams

3:  Should fire fighters be able to work on ladders while wearing SCBA?
A: No
B: No, but they must be able to climb ladders in SCBA
C: Yes, but only while carrying tools up and down
D: Yes

4:  Are wooden or fiberglass ladders safe to use around power lines?
A: Both are entirely insulating and therefore safe
B: Wood is safe, fiberglass is not
C: Fiberglass is safe, wood is not
D: If wet or dirty, both wood and fiberglass can conduct electricity

5:  Should ladders be placed on manhole covers or trapdoors?
A: No, because this practice denies the use of the cover or trapdoor
B: Yes. These structures are normally level and provide a solid base for the ladder.
C: No, because these structures make a ground for electricity when in contact with a metal ladder
D: No, because the combined weight of fire fighters, ladder and equipment may cause these structures to fail

6:  What is the most important hazard to keep in mind when placing and using ground ladders?
A: Overhead power lines
B: Slip and fall accidents
C: Pinches to hands or fingers
D: Striking someone with the ladder

7:  Why might ground under a ladder become unstable during firefighting operations?
A: Because of the heat from the fire
B: Because of the water used for suppression
C: Because of the weight of fire fighters using the ladder
D: All of the above are correct

8:  What should be done with fire service ladders that have been overloaded or heated by the fire?
A: Nothing if there is no sign of damage, discoloration, or distortion
B: They should be visually inspected and pronounced fit
C: They should be taken out of service for visual inspection
D: They should be taken out of service for inspection and testing

9:  Should chocks or wood blocks be placed under the beams of a ladder for use on sloping ground?
A: Yes
B: No
C: Yes, but only if the adjustment is a tenth of an inch or less
D: No, unless a chock or block is placed under the other beam too

10:  Other than possible contact, what is another hazard of using ladders near power lines?
A: If a ladder does touch a power line, it can become instantly welded to the line
B: Ladders can become energized even without actually touching the power line
C: Power lines can fall without warning and energize the metal ladder
D: A person losing their balance while climbing or descending the ladder might grab the power line

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